Odds & Ends: Megan Hilty’s a Honeymooner & More

first_img Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Megan Hilty, Michael McGrath & More are HoneymoonersWe love the sound of this (and how much are we hoping that there’s an invite coming our way in the mail?). Broadway favorites Megan Hilty, Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria and Leslie Kritzer will headline an industry reading of The Honeymooners on November 7. Based on the classic TV series, the new musical comedy, which was at one point slated to run at San Diego’s Old Globe, will have music by Stephen Weiner, lyrics by Peter Mills and a book by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss. The workshop will be directed by John Rando, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse. This is definitely one to watch…James Franco is Hopelessly Devoted to MusicalsWill James Franco return to Broadway in a musical? According to JustJared, the stage and screen star said about his recently released comedy series, Making a Scene With James Franco: “We did Grease at this little amusement park near Coney Island…it was making a musical and there’s nothing more fun than that.” We agree Mr. Franco—we’re fantasy casting you in about fifty different tuners right now.B’way Flea Market Hits New HighThe 28th Annual Broadway Flea Market & Grand Auction raised an all-time high of $713,986 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS on September 21. Lots on offer included hanging with If/Then’s Idina Menzel and The River’s Hugh Jackman backstage, as well as actually being on stage in shows like Beautiful, Kinky Boots, The Phantom of the Opera and Wicked. More than 60 actors donated their time to sign autographs and take photos—there’s nothing like it when the Broadway community comes together.Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall Already a 2015 Award WinnerChoreographer and director Rob Marshall is set to receive the New York Apple Award at the Casting Society of America 30th Annual Artois Awards. The bicoastal ceremonies will take place on January 22, 2015.  Before that, of course, is the December premiere of the Oscar and Tony nominee’s latest movie, Into the Woods, which as you might have guessed by now, we can’t wait to see! Broadway shows nominated for the event’s awards include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Beautiful, Hedwig, Les Miz and Violet in the musical category, along with Act One, Casa Valentina, Outside Mullingar and The Realistic Joneses in the comedy category and All the Way, Betrayal, Macbeth, Of Mice and Men and The Winslow Boy in the drama category. Congratulations to all! View Commentscenter_img Megan Hiltylast_img read more

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House panel passes CHOICE Act with Durbin repeal

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The House Financial Services Committee on Thursday voted along party lines to pass the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10). The bill, approved on a vote of 34-26, still contains the NAFCU-backed provision for repeal of the Durbin interchange amendment.“Passage of the Financial CHOICE Act is an important step toward creating a regulatory environment where the nation’s credit unions can thrive. NAFCU thanks committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, for introducing this important legislation,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “NAFCU supports many provisions of this bill, but one of the most significant is the repeal of the failed Durbin interchange amendment. We urge lawmakers to see this bill through, including the repeal of this government interference that harms consumers.”“NAFCU will continue its work with members of Congress to create a better regulatory environment for the credit union industry,” Berger added.In addition to Durbin amendment repeal, the committee-approved CHOICE Act contains numerous other NAFCU-sought measures, including one requiring regulatory agencies to improve their cost-benefit analyses and better tailor regulations to the size of regulated institutions. It would also, as urged by NAFCU, preserve the NCUA Board’s current three-member structure and mandate agency budget transparency. continue reading »last_img read more

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Agency picks Atlantic Quay

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Drug Foundation’s ‘Taking Control’ Model For Legal Weed Is ‘Out Of Control’

first_imgThe Drug Foundation has recently released a model for regulation entitled “Taking control of cannabis – a model for responsible regulation“.If anything, the model is out of control. Here’s some key problems:1. It will be legal to grow cannabis for personal useThe Drug Foundation wants to allow ‘small-scale growers‘ to allow for ‘community development‘ (!!) and to ‘redress the harm caused by prohibition‘.  They also want to ‘allow people to grow plants at home as proposed, and share with friends.‘ Yeah – let’s get the whole neighbourhood high!The problem with private homes being used as ‘grows’ is that dope dealers will simply stay under the radar with multi-location grows, and children will be exposed to the industry – right in their backyard.Home grows are simply a form of black market. They avoid any regulation. Who is going to monitor what a local drug dealer is growing in their backyards?The Drug Foundation makes a shocking and insulting assertion about our Police, saying that ‘a key goal should be to prevent cannabis offences being used as ‘convenience charges’ to target vulnerable populations.’ Apparently the aim of the Police is simply to find any excuse they can to charge ‘vulnerable populations‘.2. No age restriction on useWhile the Drug Foundation agrees with a legal purchase age of 20, they ‘caution around setting a legal use age as this could result in further penalising vulnerable communities with negligible impact on use.’ They argue that teenagers can then take advantage of ‘allowing them access to products that carry health warnings and potency controls‘.Apparently, a 12, 13 or 14 year old (or even younger) using drugs is not the issue. It’s whether they have good product, and don’t get penalised.So in effect it will be totally legal for a 12 year old to be carrying and smoking / consuming cannabis – as long as they persuaded a 20 year old ‘big brother’ to buy it for them. They argue that it’s to help vulnerable communities, but increasing access will simply add to the vulnerability and harm.3. Online salesThe Drug Foundation wants to increase the availability of drugs by allowing ‘online sales through a single website‘ and to ‘ensure strict requirements for age checking at point of purchase and delivery.’ This is both flawed – and naive.Online age checking has proved generally to be a farce and very difficult to monitor. And once again, the cost of providing this level of regulation and enforcement will be very costly – yet they want the online sales to be ‘non-profit‘. But hang on – isn’t the taxes on cannabis going to pay for all the new schools, hospitals, roads, and every other great cause we can think of?They then argue that ‘it could be run similarly to TradeMe, with licensed retailers able to offer products in a controlled way‘. Apparently nobody is on TradeMe for the purposes of making a quick buck with dodgy products. They also argue that ‘small-scale growers who are currently operating illegally‘ (like the gangs and your local drug dealers standing outside schools) ‘to become part of the mainstream economy‘.4. SmokeFree – but a joint, edible or dab in the home is fineIn an incredible display of confused thinking, they want to ‘avoid the proliferation of other licensed premises such as cannabis cafés, as these may encourage and normalise cannabis use‘.Yet in the same policy, they want to ‘allow for the consumption of cannabis in homes‘. The reason? ‘Otherwise people will break the law and continue to be targeted‘.Imagine what example this sets to young people and children about drug use. And of course, as mentioned above, the whole neighbourhood can join in the party.5. ‘Gummy bear heaven’ – all the products that Big Marijuana wantsDespite correctly saying that ‘there are good public health arguments for keeping the range of products available in NZ to an absolute minimum so as not to encourage new cannabis users and increase overall demand‘, they recommend vaping (despite ALL the problems happening in the US at the moment with THC-vaping), high potency concentrates (because, apparently,  people want them) and edibles (‘proceed with caution‘).Dear Drug Foundation – the cannabis industry ‘don’t do caution’. They want consumers – young and addicted. Lifelong customers.And every other jurisdiction has been engulfed – either through the legal market (Colorado, California), or through the black market (Uruguay, Canada) – with edibles. The market share of bud has fallen and the market share of THC-infused edibles and THC concentrates continues to rise.Interestingly, they say that ‘concentrates should be stored out of sight behind the counter and labelled high risk and unsuitable for inexperienced users‘.But still legal, eh.6. Stoned drivers won’t affect our roads‘It is highly unlikely that legalisation of cannabis will cause a big upswing in fatal accidents on our roads.‘We’ll just leave these here… 7. Research that fits the narrativeMost people are concerned about the effect on young people with any legalisation of cannabis. So this graphic they use suggests that we have should have no concerns. The study – published in JAMA Pediatrics – purports to show the legalisation of marijuana leads to a reduction in teen use of the substance.Here’s the problem. This study, funded in part by the pro-drug legalisation Charles Koch Foundation, is flawed for several reasons:It is based on the CDC YRBS, which completely omits Oregon and Washington – two large legal states – in 2017It also excludes young people who are not in school, such as dropoutsAccording to the most comprehensive survey on drug use, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health — which includes all young people in households, not just those who gave permission to take a school survey — youth use of the drug is on the rise in legal states while declining in states that have not legalized the substanceThe study was partially funded by the Charles Koch Foundation, which is partially dedicated to legalizing marijuana (like Koch Industries)“To put it simply, this study is awash with problems,” said Dr. Kevin Sabet, founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. “The data here runs counter to what we see from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health: youth use is on the rise in ‘legal’ states while declining elsewhere.”According to NSDUH data, the percentage of youth aged 12-17 using marijuana is declining faster in states where marijuana is not “legal,” and overall use is high in legal states while declining in non-legal states. Further, the percentage of youth in this age range using the drug in “legal” states was 7.7% versus 6.2% in non-legal states.And just to confirm how questionable this study was as stand-alone proof, even the CNN coverage of the report noted concerns:The paper had some limitations, including that only an association was found in the study — not a causal relationship — and more research is needed to determine why this association exists. “Because many recreational marijuana laws have been passed so recently, we do observe limited post-treatment data for some of these states,” Anderson said…The CNN report then went on to show how inconsistent it was with other researchFor instance, a 2018 report from the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Office of Research and Statistics found that the proportion of high school students in the state who said they used marijuana ever in their lifetime or in the past 30 days remained statistically unchanged from 2005 to 2017. Meanwhile on the national front, the overall prevalence of marijuana-only use among youth in the United States since the early 1990s increased from 0.6% in 1991 to 6.3% in 2017, according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health on Wednesday.SummaryNew Zealanders should be very concerned that a government-funded charity is pushing so strongly for legalisation of recreational cannabis. Their evidence simply doesn’t stack up. The policy recommendations are flawed and dangerous.last_img read more

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Malay LGU delays ‘trike’ phaseout due to ‘Ursula’

first_imgBautista earlierissued an executive order enjoining the Malay Transportation Office to enforcethe guidelines on e-trike modernization program on Nov. 11, 2019. Bautista said the shift from old tricycles to environment-friendly e-trikes will promote fuel efficiency and clean air. He said thousandsof residents and establishments were left without electricity due to Ursula’sonslaught. “Nahirapan ang ating mga electronictricycles (e-trikes) na maka-rechargedahil may mga lugar sa isla na wala pangkuryente,” said Bautista. Meanwhile, at least 40 mini-buses of Boracay Land Transport Multi-purpose Cooperative are on standby to augment e-trikes operating in the fame-island resort. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN) However, fewgroups appealed to Bautista and to the Sangguniang Bayan to defer themodernization program as this will result to massive displacement of motorcycledrivers. BORACAY – Typhoon Ursula’s extensivedamage has prompted the local government unit of Malay, Aklan to postpone theplanned phaseout ofgasoline-powered tricycles in this world-famous island. “Nag-allowed din tayo ng mga single motorcycles maka-biyahe. Kahit may problema tayo dahil sa Ursula, marami pa ring turista ang dumarating sa Boracay. Keeping thisn island a safe place to live is also our priority,” Bautista added. Electric passenger tricycle plies the street streets of Boracay in Malay, Aklan. The town’s local government unit has postponed the planned total phaseout of gasoline-powered tricycles in the world famous-island due to the extensive damage left by Typhoon Ursula. PHOTO FROM KATHLEEN URBI/YOUTUBE Malay mayor FrolibarBautista announced this move, saying the entire province is still reeling from the impact of the typhoon that wrought havocon Dec. 25 last year.  According toBautista, power restoration and rebuilding efforts are still underway in thebarangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag and Yapak. last_img read more

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NegOcc guv warns of possible GCQ return

first_imgBACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson of Negros Occidental warned of a possible return to a province-wide general community quarantine (GCQ) if coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases continue to rise. “If you have to go out because of work or buy essentials, let us really protect ourselves,” Lacson stressed./PN While supporting this move, Lacson underscored the need to control the increase of local transmission. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Lacson called on Negrenses to be extra careful and follow health protocols such as social distancing and wearing of facemasks. According to Lacson, the number of COVID-19 patients in the province rose to 254 on Friday, with 228 cases being repatriated overseas workers and stranded residents from Metro Manila and Cebu. “To put us under low risk will give a false sense of security for Negrenses,” he pointed out.   The national government’s Inter-Agency Task Force on July 15 placed the province and the rest of Western Visayas under “moderate risk” modified GCQ at least until the end of the month. “I hope we will not go back to a stricter mode. But we have to do what we have to do” said Lacson, citing the recent report of health authorities confirming local transmission in Negros Occidental.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Battle Cubs In Middle School Wrestling

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team suffered a loss at Madison on Tuesday evening.Leading for the Bulldogs were Alex Murphy, Micah Riffle, Josh Mobley, Jacob Weigel, and Chase Hamilton. Murphy, Riffle, Mobley, and Weigel all won by pin. Josh Mobley won by disqualification after a dominating performance where he led the entire match.The Bulldog Wrestling team will face Sunman-Dearborn on Thursday in their final home meet of the year starting at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.last_img

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O’Brien out of luck on Flat return

first_img The dual champion jockey missed the opening day of the turf season at the Curragh last weekend after being described as “a little heavy” by his father Aidan, and instead rode over hurdles for the first time at Limerick on the same afternoon. O’Brien jnr also missed Wednesday evening’s all-weather fixture at Dundalk, leading to more speculation about his long-term future, but the jockey insists he is getting to grips with his weight. East India was never a factor in the www.corkracecourse.ie Rated Race, however, with the distress signals going out rounding the home turn. He eventually trailed in last of five behind the Ken Condon-trained Success Days (7-2). With one more ride to come on the card, O’Brien said: “My weight is good and I’m looking forward to riding again later.” But there was no happy ending to the afternoon as Hans Holbein proved no match for Summaya despite being sent off the 8-15 favourite for the Blackwater Maiden. The 10-1 winner, completing a treble for Dermot Weld and Pat Smullen in the Aga Khan colours, led all the way and kicked clear of the market leader after engaging in a brief struggle entering the final two furlongs. Joseph O’Brien’s first rides on the Flat this season ended in defeat as East India and Hans Holbein were both beaten at Cork.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Authorities send out warning after woman’s vehicle is impaled by train crossing gates

first_imgThankfully no one was injured The Stuart Police Department is warning others who would try to beat a train after a local driver’s vehicle was impaled by railroad crossing gates.The incident occurred near SE Dixie Highway and South East Dixie.Authorities say the unidentified driver saw the crossing arms coming down to allow a train to pass and attempted to squeeze her vehicle around the gates. Instead of beating the train, she ended up with a crossing arm through her windshield.This is why you DO NOT drive around the railroad arms when they are down. Just wait for the train to clear or the arms to go back up. #trafficadvisory pic.twitter.com/T7VigyuyMI— Stuart Police Dept. (@cityofstuart) May 20, 2019last_img read more

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ICC World Cup Sustaining form for World Cup important, Rohit Sharma tells Virat Kohli in fun interaction

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma has created history in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, with the right-hander becoming the first player in history to score five centuries in a single edition of the World Cup and in the process breaking Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of four consecutive tons in the 2015 World Cup. Rohit’s consistency has seen him become only the fourth person after Sachin Tendulkar, Mathew Hayden and Shakib Al Hasan to smash 600 runs in a single edition, with Rohit only 27 behind Tendulkar’s record tally of 673 which he achieved in the 2003 World Cup. At the other hand, Virat Kohli is a supreme run-making machine who has smashed five consecutive fifty-plus scores but not converted one into a century.The interaction between two of the greatest batsmen in the modern era is fascinating and the official Twitter handle of the BCCI has carried a video of their interaction. In this video, Kohli is interviewing Rohit and has asked him the secret behind his consistency, saying he has never seen anything like it before. “It is, as we all know, is an important tournament for us. We had some really good form coming into the tournament. As a batting unit and a top-order batsman, I would not say it was my job, it was just that I wanted to carry on the form which I had it in the past and then come into a tournament like World Cup and try and see what we can do. And the first game when we started off well against South Africa it was really good. And then I had that confidence that we can continue to do that,” Rohit said. highlights Earlier, Rohit uploaded a very emotional post on his Twitter handle in which he thanked his wife Ritika Sajdeh and young daughter Samaira’s presence in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for his current run of good form. He wrote, “Nothing can beat this, when your loved ones are up there in the stands rooting for you with fingers crossed.”India will be determined to repeat their World Cup glory of 1983 and 2011 as they prepare to face New Zealand in the semi-final in Old Trafford. Rohit Sharma has smashed six centuries in World Cups, equal with Sachin Tendulkar.India has won the World Cup twice in 1983 and 2011.Rohit Sharma is 27 runs away from becoming leading run-getter in one edition.last_img read more

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